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‘Vittula’ gets director, coin

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Swedish director Reza Bagher will helm “Popular Music From Vittula,” which was granted $900,000 by the Swedish Film Institute on Tuesday.

Produced by Happy End’s Joachim Stridsberg, the film lost its first director, Geir Hansteen Jörgensen, its cinematographer, stage designer, editor and initial institute support, the latter due to irregularities in the application.

Based on Finnish author Mikael Niemi’s best-selling novel, the film follows the friendship between two boys in the 1960s. “Popular Music From Vittula” will be co-produced by Finnish producer Markus Selin’s Solar Films.

The Swedish Film Institute also chipped in $300,000 for “Everybody Just Disappears,” an Anna Wallmark project for Sweetwater co-ordinated by director Kicki Kjellin, who will assemble six directors’ depiction of graduation day for young students.

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